Customs: Joint Border Patrol Team Intercepts Items Worth N1.1billion

Customs: Joint Border Patrol Team Intercepts Items Worth N1.1billion

Kathy Kyari 

Nigeria's Joint Border Patrol Team, led by Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Mohammed Shuaibu have intercepted smuggled items worth a total paid value (DPV) of One Billion, One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Million, Six Hundred and Eighty-Four Thousand, Nine Hundred Naira (₦1,128,684,900). 

Speaking to newsmen at a press briefing on Friday, 28th June 2024, He revealed  that the goods were seized for violating various sections of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 and the Federal Government’s Import and Export Guidelines.

Five suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures across the borders of six Southwest Geo Political states. 

"The Joint Border Patrol exists to curb smuggling and combat other criminal trans-border activities that are threatening our national and economic security." 

"These crimes have multiple effects such as; undermining national security through the movements of illicit goods, such as drugs, weapons, and human trafficking, across the international borders, and impacts negatively on the economy by depleting the nation’s revenue base through duties and tax evasion."

According to him, the following goods were seized and deposited at Seme, Ogun I, Ogun II, Oyo/Osun and Ondo Ekiti Area Commands Government Warehouses.

"4051 bags of 50kg Foreign Parboiled Rice, 50KG, 3751 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit,PMS, 425 Cartons of Frozen Poultry Products, 912 Pieces of  Used Tyres, 30 Sacks, 85Blocks & 125 Wraps of Cannabis Sativa, 30 Units of Cars, 7 Units of Tokunbo Vehicles,  1 Truck, 4 Units of Motorcycles". 

He pointed out that 30 illegal immigrants were handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS).

"With the Nigeria Immigration Service as a critical component of the Joint Border Patrol Team, we intercepted 30 illegal immigrants suspected to have violated immigration laws and were immediately handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for further investigation and prosecution."

"The Sector also recovered a total of Eleven Million, Five Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventeen Naira (₦11,593,217‬) Revenue through the issuance of Debit Notes (DN) on vehicles and other goods improperly imported into the country."

"Today we are showcasing a total of One Thousand Four Hundred and Ten (1,410) Jerry cans of PMS (30litres) each that were seized from different locations within our Area of Responsibility". 

These PMS were seized within one week following intensive patrol activities by the officers and men of the sector. This is only a fraction of the PMS seized by the Sector as many were deposited and auctioned in other Government Warehouses within the Zone."  


Comptroller Shuaibu expressed profound gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and his management team for their continued support and provision towards the actualization of these achievements.

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